Tokyo offers a fantastic mix of authentic Japanese culture and cutting-edge future living. One of the most dynamic cities on Earth, it’s a great destination for shopping, eating and people watching. Book flights to Tokyo today and discover this unique city for yourself.
The time of year you book your flight to Tokyo will depend on what you want to get out of your trip. One of the most popular times to visit the city is the spring. Cherry blossoms transform Tokyo’s parks and gardens into a sea of pink and temperatures are generally mild and pleasant. As a lot of people flock to the city during these months, Cheap Flights to Tokyo can be hard to find. This is especially true during ‘Golden Week’, a succession of public holidays that see millions head to the capital.
Summers in Tokyo are hot and humid. Although air-conditioned bars, shops and restaurants are plentiful, walking around the city can be a bit of a challenge in July and August. If you’re not a fan of the heat, it’s probably a good idea to booking your flights to Tokyo Japan a little later in the year when temperatures start to tumble.
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There are two main airports serving the Japanese capital: Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda. Most international services arrive and depart from Narita which is located around 37 miles from the center of the city. The airport is the busiest in Japan and is served by an exceptionally wide selection of airlines from around the world. A choice of express and commuter rail networks link the airport with the surrounding area and buses and taxis are also available from the terminal.
Tokyo Haneda Airport operates the majority of the domestic flights travelling to and from Tokyo. As well as services to other cities in Japan the airport also offers flights to selected destinations in Europe, the US and Asia. Like Narita, Tokyo Haneda is well connected to the city’s public transport network making it easy to continue to your destination.
A number of airlines connect Tokyo with the US, these include:
As you’d expect from a city of this size, Tokyo has an excellent public transport network. Buses, trains and subway services run to pretty much every corner of the city. Although it can take a little while to get the hang of transport maps and routes, once you do you’ll be able to explore all of Tokyo at your leisure. Buy a prepaid Suica or Pasmo card to make using the city’s public transport even easier.
Many parts of central Tokyo are compact enough to explore on foot. Walking around the city is a great way to soak up the local atmosphere and to experience an authentic slice of Japanese life.
Tokyo’s main attraction is the ornate Imperial Palace. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped parks and gardens, this historic building is the perfect place to learn a little more about Tokyo and its origins.
If you want to indulge in a little retail therapy during your time in Tokyo, a visit to the city’s Ginza district is a must. The commercial center of Japan, it’s home to a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants. Visit the neighborhood at the weekend when cars are banned and the whole area becomes one large pedestrianized zone.
US passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Japan for trips of less than 90 days however you will need to ensure your passport is valid for your entire stay.
As a nation obsessed with natural beauty, Japan has created a culture that capitalizes on the rhythm of the seasons. Its painting and pottery, poetry and customs reflect a profound relationship to nature as it evolves throughout the year. Visitors, too, should be aware of the seasonal landscape and visit Japan when it’s at its best.
That might be late March or early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the temperatures are in the mid-50s to mid-60s, and the citizens of Tokyo gather with friends in parks throughout the city for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing parties.
Officially, high tourist season is May to August. This is also when a lot of locals leave town to celebrate Golden Week (an annual holiday that falls between late April and early May) and summer vacation (mid-July through August) in the surrounding countryside—which means everyone is off work and the trains are jammed with travelers. What’s more, the rainy season begins in early June and lasts through mid-July, making Tokyo wet and dreary, while succeeding summer months can be uncomfortably hot and muggy.
Come mid-October through November for koyo, or colorful leaf-changing season, when the Japanese maples and other trees in the city’s traditional landscape gardens and at nearby Mount Takao sport brilliant shades of crimson, orange, and gold, with temps in the 60s and 70s. The mild weather might require a light jacket, but the kids are back in school and lines for tourist attractions aren’t atrocious. August and September may see an occasional typhoon, which can bring heavy rains.
Snow falls from around mid-December through the middle of March, but that usually just means a dusting on streets and rooftops. In the mountains 3.5 hours outside of Tokyo, it’s another story; Nagano hosted the 1998 Winter Games. But within the city itself, temperatures hover in the low 50s and rarely fall below freezing. Another heavy domestic travel time, New Year’s, officially lasts for three days, from January 1–3.
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